Things are feeling a lot better on The Plains after Auburn’s 48-11 win over SEC West rival LSU. Gus Malzahn’s squad awarded the head coach with the game ball.

On Wednesday’s SEC coaches media teleconference, Malzahn said it was the first time he received the game ball in his Auburn tenure.

“Yeah, it caught me off guard,” Malzahn said. “That’s the first time since I’ve been here I know that I got a game ball and it was a really special, special feeling, you know, to be presented a game ball… so real cool experience for me.”

A big day for the Auburn offense played a significant role in getting the game-ball win for Malzahn’s squad. The Tigers coach discussed the job offensive coordinator Chad Morris has done.

“He’s still learning his guys, the first season… they were learning him and then we’ve rushed for 200 yards for the last four games, and that’s really helped us and helped everything,” Malzahn said. “And, you know, the last two weeks, our quarterback has been very very efficient, and in the running game. We take big shots. The offense is really starting to click and open it up some deeper shots down the field so you know we feel real good momentum was offensively, going into this off week and will likely, if we can stay healthy, we have a chance to finish really strong on offense.”